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The Biden administration sued Texas on Thursday, in an attempt to block the application of a new law that almost entirely bans abortion in the state.
Last week, the United States Supreme Court overturned Texas law prohibiting abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy, before many women realized they were pregnant. The ruling represented a major victory for social conservatives who have tried to ban the procedure since the Roe v. Wade’s 1973 court established the constitutional right to abortion.US President Joe Biden has warned the law will cause “unconstitutional chaos” as it relies on private citizens to enforce it by bringing civil lawsuits against people who help a woman get an abortion after six weeks, whether a doctor who performs the procedure or a taxi driver who drives a woman to a clinic.
“Clearly unconstitutional” law: Garland
“The obvious and expressly recognized intention of this legal regime is to prevent women from exercising their constitutional rights,” US Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a press conference. He said the law was “clearly unconstitutional”.
The law allows people who bring an action to receive bounties of at least US $ 10,000 and makes no exceptions for rape or incest, although there are very narrowly defined exemptions for the health of the family. mother. Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott defended the law this week, saying the state “will eliminate all rapists.”
WATCH | Garland says all Americans should fear the potential consequences of Texas abortion law:
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